There is just something magical about children’s portraiture. As a mother of four, I am constantly astounded by how much I love looking at their baby photos and reminiscing about their different stages of development. At no time in a child’s life is the speed of their growth more obvious then during the first year. Bennett (the handsome man in this post) is no exception! In just a few short months this little guy has gone from a tiny little dark haired bundle, to a rolly-polly smile machine. I will admit that six to eight months is my very favorite time to photograph babies. They have several things going for them during this particular age including:
- A newly developing sense of humor and love for smiling at people.
- Ability to sit unaided, sometimes crawl and pull to standing. (They are only semi-mobile so I don’t have to chase them very far!)
- Baby fat. Need I say more?
Bennett has all three of these key ingredients. Honestly, If I were to hand out awards for best baby in a portrait session he would win first prize! When his sister Paige was this age I am sure I said the same thing, she also is steal-your-heart-adorable. For our session I wanted to play up the feeling of nostalgia for a simpler time. So I built a beach tent and filled it with vintage props. It didn’t hurt that this little stud muffin showed up looking like he belonged on the cover of the next L.L. Bean catalog! Something about these photo reminded me of the Hamptons and I love that he gave me such perfect grins.
After breaking camp our little explorer decided to take his boat out for a spin.
I know he’s not smiling in the black and white photo, but I kinda love photos of kids not smiling. I think it’s because it gives you a chance to look at his deep soulful eyes. *sigh*
We also had some fun with my kissing booth, and my retro radio flyer. All in all, this day was a huge success and I pity his parents, for this is NO WAY I could pick just one of these photos to hang on my wall.
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